The Official Highway Map Drawer

Click on the maps below to "unfold" the map and take a look inside!

Most of the images and information for these pages were taken from my personal collection. MnDOT recently scanned its earliest official maps for inclusion in the Minnesota Digital Library, which allowed me to include images and information on maps not yet in my collection (indicated by a gray background).

I have decided to only include the maps issued from 1923 on - the 1923 map is the first that can really be considered a "tourist map", usable to navigate the state's new trunk highway system. The pages linked below only show the basic map issued for each year - variants are not shown (for a better run down of the other editions, see the Minnesota Motoring Memories Page).

Era 1: The McGill-Warner "Red" Maps, 1923-1932

1923

1924

1925

1926

 

1927

 

1928

 

1929

1930

1931

1932

Era 2: The McGill-Warner "Yellow" Maps, 1933-1940

1933

 

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939

1940 (Adv. Edition)

Era 3: The "Black-and White" Department of Highways Maps, 1940-1950

1940

1941

1942

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950

Era 4: The Gousha Maps, 1951-1961

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

 

Era 5: The Modern "Large Size" Maps, 1962-1966

Era 5a: The "Blue" Maps

1962

1963

1964

Era 5b: The "Orange" Maps

1965

1966

Era 6: The "Mini-Maps", 1967-1983

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977-78

1979-80

1981-82

1983-84

 

 

Era 7: The "Explore Minnesota" Maps, 1985-Present

1985-86

1987-88

1989-1990

1991-92

1993-94

1995-96

1997-98

1999-2000

2001-02

2003-04

2005-06

2007-08